The Essential
Identifiable by its Genoese tower, the peaceful seaside resort of Porto, at the mouth of the river, is a great hit. At every hour of the day, its marina, nestled in the bay, sees off boats heading to the natural treasures for which the Gulf of Porto is famed: the red-tinged Calanche of Piana, the remarkable Scandola Nature Reserve. And let's not forget that Porto is a strategic base for heading off to explore the surrounding mountains.